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Oakland A's officially sign Ryan Madson and John Axford

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Reliever Ryan Madson has signed a three-year, $22 million deal with further incentives to pitch for the Oakland Athletics.
Reliever Ryan Madson has signed a three-year, $22 million deal with further incentives to pitch for the Oakland Athletics.
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The Oakland Athletics have officially announced the contracts of relievers Ryan Madson and John Axford after both completed physicals on Thursday:

The A's will pay Madson $22 million over the three years, with the San Francisco Chronicle reporting the breakdown as:

  • Signing bonus: $500,000
  • 2015: $6.5 million
  • 2016: $7.5 million
  • 2017: $7.5 million
  • Incentives: $250,000 each for finishing 30, 35, and 40 games, and $500,000 for finishing 45 games, each year.

The A's will pay Axford $10 million over the two years, with up to $4 million in games finished bonuses according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. How he gets there is a little complicated:

So if he earns all $1.5 million in his 2016 incentives, his 2017 base salary would go up $750,000. He would have another chance to earn $1.5 million more in 2017 bonuses, and if he is also traded along the way he earns an assignment bonus of $500,000. That adds up to $4.25 million, so I'll assume Sherman was rounding, I guess.

Oakland's 40-man roster now stands at a full 40 players after the signings, and here's how all 40 players arrived to the A's:

Current payroll for the A's stands at around $77 million as they consider their next moves.